I like how these guys are turning out!
1. I use cheap paints. Why? Because I am cheap! And I didnt want to learn my technique with expensive paint. Eventually when I am more confident in my abilities I will invest in better materials.
2) I do not get down on myself because my models are not pro-painter quality. If everyone could do it then there would be nothing special about all the accounts I follow for inspiration. Not everyone has the talent or time to do AMAZING work (specifically including myself). I set a standard that I think works with my skill level and schedule.
3) I share my progress to gently nudge others to GO FOR IT! my co-workers and friends tease me for this geekiness but I really enjoy it, even if I'm not the best.